NEW DELHI: The Centre today filed a fresh plea in the Supreme Court (SC) seeking the quashing of an FIR that named an Army officer in a case of firing in Shopian in Jammu and Kashmir, reported Times Now.
The apex court had on Monday stayed the investigation by the J&K police into an FIR on the Shopian firing involving Major Aditya Kumar, after the counsel appearing for the state clarified that the FIR did not name the major an accused. However, the Major’s name does feature in the FIR – although not in the accused column – where he’s referred to as the officer leading a convoy that fired at a stone-pelting mob in Shopian. That’s the reason for today’s fresh plea by the Centre in the Supreme Court.
“He (Major Aditya) has not been named as accused in the FIR. The column of the accused in the FIR is left blank. His name also does not feature in the case diary as of now. He is just been named on the basis of allegation that he led the convoy which had opened fired on retaliation. There is no specific allegation against him,” the advocate appearing fo Jammu and Kashmir had said in a hearing on the earlier plea on Monday.
Already, the SC had on February 12 stopped the state police from taking any coercive step against the Major on a petition filed by his father, Lt Col Karamveer Singh.
Four civilians were killed when Army personnel fired at a stone-pelting mob in Ganovpora village of Shopian on January 27 this year, prompting the CM to order an inquiry.